I’m sure everyone that is old to enough to ride a bicycle has been subjected to the overused cliche that patience is a virtue dozens, if not hundreds of times. During the last 3 months of 2011 I got a chance to test this time honored theory out. My hiatus from this blog during the holiday season was indeed intentional, as I did not want to burden you with the tedious details about the roadblocks we were dealing with trying to get this brewery going. Now that we have entered the new year, allow me to make amends and give you the scoop.
I know I mentioned our search for a new location the last time around and the ironic part is that we decided to give it one more try at the original spot. Our two major issues were the existing septic system shared by the business complex and the inability to sell pints out of that building due to zoning restrictions. Thanks to the wonderful people at the county office, our wastewater consultant and a coffee shop in downtown Mariposa going out of business, those problems have been solved! We now have an approved permit for our own leach field and a perfect space to convert into taproom.
The other major hurdle we had was really a result of how much steam this craft brewing industry has gotten. Due to the high demand for the construction of professional brewing equipment, our manufacturer of choice had not only gotten a ton of orders from that last time we spoke, but their prices also went up! After about a month of going back and forth on delivery date and pricing, the time finally came for THE decision. Everyone knew that once the system was ordered and a deposit was put down, there was no turning back. Two days before Christmas, I received the call that the sales agreement was signed and that this thing was really going to happen. Merry Xmas to me!
So what does this all mean? Since I began chronicling this journey nearly 2 years ago, I made it clear that my ultimate end game was to open a small brewery. Thanks to my education (Thank you UC Davis), my public display of creative expression (Thank you BYO Magazine), an email from one of my soon to be partners (Thank you Terry), my drive and last but certainly not least, patience.... it is now finally a reality. In a months time I’ll be packing my bags and heading into unfamiliar territory both literally and figuratively. It’s scary, it’s exciting and I couldn’t be happier that I’m going to doing what I hope is truly my labor of love for many years to come.
For those of you that have followed this blog, I would like to say to that it has been a pleasure sharing this time in my life with you. Since there is already a very good blog being written about the trials and tribulations of a budding new brewery for BYO, I shall close the curtain on this one. That being said, you can bet you haven’t heard the last of me!
If you happen to take a trip out to Yosemite National Park later this year, feel free to stop by Prospectors Brewing Co. in Mariposa and have a beer or two. You can say you know the Brewmaster. We're hoping to be open by mid/late summer.